2011 – Leopards through to semi-finals
Bradford Dragons 66 (19,30,47) Leopards 86 (26,42,69)
LEOPARDS bounced back after the previous day’s mauling in Bradford to hammer the home and progress to the National cup semi-final. Vernon Teel finished with his second triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists – adding four steals and two blocks for good measure, while Ousman Krubally led all scorers with a 29 point, 11 rebound double-double.
With a much better all-round scoring effort than the previous day, Lister added 17 – including five three-pointers – and Volskis ten, while youngster Dominic Norton had two big three-point efforts at key times. The Big Cats led from tip to buzzer, building a 28 point lead at one stage as they continued their fine record in the Cup and set up a final four showdown at Tees Valley Mohawks.
Coach Dejan Mihevc was understandably delighted with the win: “There’s no doubt that this was one of the hardest weekends for us. It is never easy to travel a long way and play the game on the same day, loose that game and then have a knock-out game in less then 24 hours against to the same team.
“It was hard, but the guys came up strong, took some pride and really played as a team. Our defensive attitude on Sunday was very good and watching them how they were sharing the ball in offence was a pleasure. Vernon and Ous did a tremendous job by leading the team after a hard loss to one of the best if not the best performance of the season until now.“
Krubally scored six of the first eight points as Leopards raced into a six-point lead before Norton drained from downtown to put the big Cats 15-4 up after six minutes. A 9-0 run saw Dragons pull within two points, but that proved to be the closest they came in the game, and both Volskis and Teel buried treys to send Leopards into the first break 26-19 ahead.
Krubally hit three of four foul shots to open the second period, and Leopards were up by nine wit four minutes in the stanza left when Bradford called a timeout but it made little different as Norton again scored from the Land of Plenty to send the Big Cats into the locker room with a 42-30 lead.
The second half scoring was again opened by Krubally who twice converted Teel assists before Lister hit a trey and Volskis score a jump shot to put the visitors up by 21. The 9-0 run was broken by Bobby Edmunds, but a a long range Lister trey followed by an absolutely massive ally-oop which saw him rise about two Dragons’ players saw Leopards go into the final break 69-47 ahead.
After three-point plays from John Lister and Vernon Teel had given them a 28 point lead at the start of the fourth period, the visitors had to withstand an 11-0 Bradford run, but Krubally ended the run at the foul line and a trey from Volskis broke the Dragons’ resolve as the Big Cats wrapped up their place in the semi-final.
Leopards: O Krubally (29), V Teel (18), J Lister (17), L Volskis (10), D Norton (6), Z Wells (4), B Wilkinson (2), J Johnson, J Lockwood, S Bublys, J Cabey (DNP).
2001 – Leopards back with a bang
DG London Leopards Kool Kats 109 (29,60,80)
Mo Robinson 24, Rico Alderson 21, Rod Brown 20
Pertemps Bullets Birmingham 87 (21,32,52)
Ben Walker 29, Brant Bailey 22, Rob Paternostro 11
BBL Championship @ Brentwood Leisure Centre
DG London Leopards Kool Kats made a triumphant return from their tour of US Colleges with a 109-87 victory over Pertemps Bullets Birmingham to leap to third in the Southern Conference.
In the second quarter Leopards raced away with the game – outscoring the Bullets 20-3 to lead 54-29. Leopards were never in trouble after that and had four players scoring 19 or more points.
Jason Kimbrough posted a double double 19 points and 10 rebounds.